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General Discussion / Re: biking across america with diabetes
« on: March 30, 2009, 10:35:07 pm »
Good thread..very enlightening. Sometimes I wonder if some people who post must know each other off line and can't wait to pop each other in public.

In any case, the advise that made sense to me from the posts would be for Kemmett to hook up with a nutritionist. From the journals I read on CGOAB some touring cyclist make it across on junk food while others are highly selective. Cliff bars, grilled cheese, milkshakes and a carb dinner were my go to foods. 
Kemmett It's a great country to see at 10 mph. Do it.

Routes / Re: need northern short cut
« on: March 28, 2009, 10:23:23 pm »
Where in NY State are you starting from?  The Erie Canal towpath can take you from the Albany area to Buffalo. I used it last Fall from Buffalo to the Johnstown area before heading north towards Saratoga Springs. The Towpath is a great way to avoid traffic, but you still need to use roads about 1/3 of the time. We followed ACA map in Ontario Canada and Lake Connector in Michigan. There is a booklet of maps for using the Towpath.
I live in the Finger Lakes region..a great cycling region with many hills..a contrast to the flat Canal Towpath.

Routes / Re: cross-country WITHOUT ACA Maps
« on: March 13, 2009, 09:24:52 pm »
bb87..You should get a lot of advise on this one. 

I have only done one coast to coast trip ( 08) and 5 of the 10 weeks on the road we followed ACA Northern Tier and Lake Connector routes. I found ACA routes to be excellent 90% of the time and the other 10% there were no other choices available. ACA looks for the least travelled roads for their routes. We were delighted with their choices for the NT route to Glacier. The other 5 weeks of the trip we routed ourselves using all of the following: State/ County Bike Maps showing traffic density and shoulder availability; advise from area Cycle Clubs via E-mails; advise from ACA Forum and CGOAB touring cyclist; and occasionally on-site advise from locals. ACA and CGOAB riders via the Forums are an excellent resource if you let people know your general destinations.

In late Aug 08 I only rode on Rt 200 from the junction of #83 to # 279 (Ovando and Lincoln) but found it a good road and no traffic issues.  Good campground and restaurant in Lincoln.
Jim K

Thanks, Jim.  Just curious...Did you enter or exit Hwy 200 using Hwy 279?  Have you ridden #279 to Helena?

Corrado..yes we did exit 200 at 279 and went south over Fletcher's Pass ( a moderate grade) to Helena. (Great long downhill)
Because we were exiting the Helena area by taking 284 (?) on the east side of Canyon Ferry  south  to #12 and Townsend (look at day 16-18 at we cut across  north of Helena using  Custer Ave /Canyon Ferry Rd ( 430 I think) to camp at a BLM campground on a lake near Black Sandy State Park.  John Egan comments often on touring in Montana and I followed his guidance on the connection from 279 to Canyon Ferry Lake. I think I got the Custer/Canyon Ferry Rd/430 right but perhaps John can pick up on this thread and correct the details. We were heading to Yellowstone and took # 12 east to #89. ( Though I realize all of is leading you away from your Lewis & Clark trail)

General Discussion / Re: Cross Country for a Cause?
« on: March 05, 2009, 09:20:59 pm »
My fund-raising and touring experience is limited to "once" but we raised 40K for a non-profit land conservation organization in our home area. Our journal is at
What I learned: Be clear 100% of funds go to "the cause" and not a penny for trip expenses.
Find local stories that  faces on the cause.
Find donated print/internet media help for a brochure/website.
Raise the money locally for the most part. It is not easy to get substantial gifts on the road from strangers.
"Quietly" look for someone(s) that would put up a dollar for dollar matching gift(s). This is not an easy task but can yield much better dividends. (This starting gifts could be 25-50% of what your total goal amount is.)
Once you have that  "starting pot" go public with your pledge drive and use the matching dollar grant as an incentive.
Make sure checks are payable to a secure not for profit or some agency etc. and not to you or some individual.

Riding (and blogging) for a cause is a super incentive to stay focused on finishing the tour and also connecting to your donor base. Good luck.
Jim K

In late Aug 08 I only rode on Rt 200 from the junction of #83 to # 279 (Ovando and Lincoln) but found it a good road and no traffic issues.  Good campground and restaurant in Lincoln.
Jim K

Routes / Re: East to West
« on: March 03, 2009, 08:51:33 pm »
 Like you I am a New Yorker and was/am new to touring and for my first tour (Aug-Oct 2008) ( I went west to east from Washington to Southern Maine in 10 weeks/3700 miles (SAG supported)
Getting a bike to the start point is a solvable problem and doing it from home is easier than doing it from the finish point.
Regarding winds:  We had more tail winds than head winds; but not by much.  We had more days of southern side winds than either tail or headwinds.
 For us riding towards home was the primary advantage of west to east.

Jim K
Canadice NY

General Discussion / Re: Independent fundraising tour 2010
« on: January 28, 2009, 11:50:00 am » might try to personalize the effort by working with local families who have/had a family member with diabetes and try to get a pledge from them for a dollar to dollar matching gift. That could give you a starting point. I think you will have more success with local stories and using that to reach out to people locally vs. strangers you encounter on the trip.

We raised $40K locally for a local land conservation group last year with a "matching gift" from one family that we dedicated the ride to. (our 2008 trip is blogged at


Routes / Eureka to Whitefish
« on: July 31, 2008, 02:56:16 pm »
That is REALLY helpful information. I feel a whole lot better about that
section of the ACA route.


Routes / Eureka to Whitefish
« on: July 13, 2008, 10:43:46 pm »
I will be following the ACA route (North Tier) between Eureka to Whitefish
but all the journal entries I read at CGOAB indicate it is a terrible road and
with much traffic. Any options here?
I will not be loaded and will be on 700x28's..fine with most gravel roads.

Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: December 04, 2008, 09:02:05 pm »
Dennis..we left the NT at Glacier and took the following route to
Yellowstone. I'll put it in reverse for you. We were very happy with this
route. I carefully researched it with Montana DOT bicycle map and
input from ACA Forum and elsewhere.
Exit Yellowstone at Mammoth via 89 ( and 540) to 12 to Townsend to
284 (Canyon Ferry) to 453 to 279 (Fletcher Pass not difficult) to 200 to
lincoln to 83 to 35 to 206 to Columbia Falls. Once you are near
Columbia Falls look at a Delorme for local roads that may be a better
We camped at Holland Lake USFS, Lincoln RV Park; Black Sandy Park;
Townsend City Park; Wilsal Motel back yard and an RV Park at
Emmigrant ( pricey)  Photos of the route at


Routes / Yellowstone to Badlands
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:00:27 pm »
Dennis; I rode from Yellowstone to the Badlands (west to east)  this
past Sept. as part of a 10 week WA to ME trip.
We rode from Canyon Village in Yellowstone to the Rt 14 exit and onto
Cody. Most of the traffic was heading into Yellowstone that day so we
found the riding conditions perfect and the landscape was beautiful.
We went over the Big Horns at Granite Pass (Shell Canyon) 4-5% grade
on Rt 14. It was the most beautiful day of the 10 week trip and the
5'000 climb was 5 hrs long but worth it. (It'll be a great downhill) We
took the UCross Rd (14/16) and stayed at UCross Ranch. We went to
Devils Tower and onto Spearfish and Spearfish Canyon etc. to Hill City.
We got back to Interior eventually and then used #44 across the rest of
SD. (My vote for the 2nd lonliest road in US.)

Routes / Gaspe Peninsula
« on: January 27, 2008, 08:30:31 am »
See ACA Cyclist mag. 1/08 "Route Verte" shows the Gaspe.
We drove the entire Gaspe in and did see cyclist along the "Route Verte".
We did not see cyclist past  Mont-Joli. on Rte #132 along the Seaway.
 Forillon Parc is worth the trip.

Routes / Wyo Routes
« on: January 12, 2008, 12:39:17 pm »
Have been a viewer, but first time sender. Mapping out a first time touring
trip W2E supported "C2C4 Conservation" route (Aug-Oct 08). The plan
includes traveling thru Yellowstone, exiting on 14 to Cody-Graybull. I
have driven 14 thru Granite Pass to Ranchester and also 16 to Worland-
TenSleep-Buffalo via Powder River Pass. I recall that Granite Pass is steep
but Powder River more gradual. Thoughts on best pass?
Heading East next stop is Black Hills and Wind Caves. Best Route for a
Trek 520? Thx

General Discussion / PTS? Post Tour Syndrome?
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:15:54 pm »
Yeah... good point on obsessing is part of the "fun".  Embrace your PTS. I
finished  my first ever tour..10 weeks and 3700 miles and I began to
realize that it was like "dropping out". It was an escape. Getting back to
earth and all the challenges is a cold shower to say the least.

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